Pub site petition sent to owners

Pamela Lavers, right, presents the petition to Wincham Parish Council chairman Annie Makepeace

Pamela Lavers, right, presents the petition to Wincham Parish Council chairman Annie Makepeace

First published in News Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

PUB campaigner Pamela Lavers could take her fight to Tatton MP George Osborne, if she gets no joy from the building’s owners.

Miss Lavers attracted 475 names over a month for a petition calling on the owners of the former Black Greyhound pub to take action over the boarded-up building.

The empty building is on the main road between Wincham and Northwich, at the junction of Church Street and Hall Lane, and is a prominent landmark.

Miss Lavers, from Church Street, decided to start the petition in a bid to put pressure on the building’s owners to do something about it.

The majority of signitures came from a petition at the Spar shop in Linnards Lane, and a number of people signed it at the Crusty Cob Cafe in Chapel Street.

She presented her petition to Annie Makepeace, chairman of Wincham Parish Council, and it will be forwarded with an accompanying letter to the owners on the Isle of Man.

“The pub and the restaurant next to it have been standing empty for some considerable time, and are gradually falling into a state of decay, which is becoming a blight on our village,” Miss Lavers said in her letter.

“The cellar has been flooding for many years, and the surrounding public land and public pathways are also flooded, with water running into the land.

“As the owner of both the land and the building, it is your duty to address this matter; and you have an actual and moral responsibility to maintain, demolish or redevelop the site. We ask you to consider this with some urgency, and we expect a reply from you, outlining your plans for the site.

“Should this not be forthcoming, we will endeavour to pursue our major concerns with our member of Parliament, George Osborne.”

The parish council will be sending its own letter with the petition, expressing its concern over the deteriorating condition of the building and asking the owners about their plans for it. The letter will also ask the owners to cut the grass verges in front of the building.

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